Seward Flood Press Release #10

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

*New Information:

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is coordinating with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) to provide assistance with water quality testing. Homeowners that may be concerned about well water or septic tanks being damaged due to flooding are encouraged to call the ADEC office in Kenai at 907-262-3408 for more information.

The water system for the City of Seward remains intact, and two potable water sites are available for personal container fill-ups at the RV dump stations located at 7th Avenue and Ballaine.

There will be no school in Seward on Friday, September 21, 2012. This includes the high school, middle school and elementary school.

The Moose Pass school will be open on Friday, September 21, 2012 and busses will be running according to the normal schedule.

The shelter operation at the Seward High School has been suspended at this time due to zero attendance. If anyone has a need for shelter, please contact the EOC as soon as possible.

The Emergency Operations Center strongly urges people to please stay off roadways and especially steer clear of problem areas and crews working. Heavy equipment operators have limited visibility and reducing the number of pedestrians and drivers will keep everyone safe. At this time, assistance is not needed from the public, and EOC staff is advising people to stay home if safely possible.

Power remains out at Lois Way and Wilma Avenue on Exit Glacier Road. The areas are either inaccessible or not possible to restore power until water levels go down.

High tide is at 4:37 p.m. The Flood Warning Update given by the National Weather Service as of 12:22 a.m. today is still the most current. The flood warning is in effect until 6:00 p.m. today, according to NWS.



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Seward Animal Shelter is able to take pets for those evacuating their homes. Call Shellie at 907-491-0000.

Road Updates:

DIECKGRAEFF ROAD: closed but the new levee is holding.
EXIT GLACIER ROAD/HERMAN LEIRER ROAD/OLD EXIT GLACIER ROAD: closed, Kenai Peninsula Borough staff is evaluating the area
*New NASH ROAD: closed at mile 2 due to road erosion. Landslide further up the road. DOT is hoping to complete a link by 8 p.m. this evening.
*New SEWARD HIGHWAY: DOT reports the highway is open in at all mileposts, but travel advisory remains in effect
LOWELL POINT ROAD: closed
OLD MILL SUBDIVISION: closed, Kenai Peninsula Borough crews dispatched to area today

Traffic advisories issued for all Seward area roads.

*Previous Information:

Crews continue to work at the Lowell Creek Waterfall to maintain the bridge out to Lowell Point. Crews continue to assess and repair flooded areas according to priority.

City Offices are closed today to focus on flooding efforts. You can still vote absentee in person at City Hall today, please use the 5th Avenue entrance to the City Clerk’s Office.

The City of Seward has set up an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the City Council Chambers to address localized flood problems. The City Manager has issued a state of emergency as of 1:15 p.m. on September 19, 2012.

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  1. Thanks for doing such a great job of keeping us informed on what is happening.